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Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

http://www.ted.com People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascina...
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Great Facilitators Bring The Learner to a 'Point of Choice' - Business 2 Community

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Great Facilitators Bring The Learner to a 'Point of Choice'
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You see yourself as “Adult Learning Specialist”, rather than just “delivering a course”.

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Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, June 27, 2013 2:21 PM

This is an interesting way to look at the role of training facilitator.

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Jon Lovett l 2013 Pitzer College Commencement Keynote -- May 18, 2013

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's former speechwriter Jon Lovett shares life lessons about authenticity, integrity and fighting "the culture of bu...
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Darren Robertson's curator insight, June 24, 2013 8:13 AM

This is a truly inspirational and poignant speech by a fantastically charming individual

 

 

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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) ...
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I am encouraged by Robinson's perspective, but, 5 years later, I fear things have only gotten worse. Instead of promoting alternative forms of secondary, post-secondary, and post-graduate education such as vocational schools or apprenticeships, everyone is more concerned with the rising cost of college tuition and increasing student loan interest. We are focused on making college more attainable and affordable, then more meaningful and effective for society. We complain about a flooded job market, high unemployment, and lack of creativity in society while we idly watch the next generation dilute the meaning of higher education by continuing to pursue degrees in subjects that are, most of the time, unimportant to them. In 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that of the 317,000 waiters and waitresses in the US with college degrees, more than 8,000 have doctoral or professional degrees. The Masters is now the new Bachelors, and we already see an inflation of PhDs (48,069 awarded in 2010 in the US alone) (Fiegener, 2011). And, I wonder, what is it all for?

 

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Fiegener, M. (2011). Survey of Earned Doctorates. National Science Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/srvydoctorates/

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U.S. schools not making the grade when it comes to education technology

U.S. schools not making the grade when it comes to education technology | Education & Training | Scoop.it
Despite increased innovation in education technology, a new report from the non-profit Center for American Progress shows that U.S. schools are not doing enough to take advantage of digital tools.
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Another consideration - It is not enough to pour funding into schools and fill them with technology. The successful integration of technology into schools will not happen unless the teachers learn how to use it and embrace it as an enhancement to their teaching strategies. Much of the funding needs to be allocated for teacher training to ensure adoption of effective tech-based teaching methodologies. Without that, schools will either have idle technology or misuse of that equipment.

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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story | Video on TED.com

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ...
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What the training business can learn from Amanda Palmer

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Empowered by Amanda Palmer's outlook, can you change your behavior to be more learner-centric? Can you use these simple principles to connect more effectively with both your clients and your learners?
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Why Did 17 Million Students Go to College? - Innovations - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Henrico considering contract extension for Russo

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As Henrico School Superintendent Patrick J. Russo’s contract comes up for an extension,  some have criticized his leadership style.
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Many discrepancies stand out in this article that really irk me. First, how can a key strategic objective for Henrico Schools be "retaining quality personnel" if they "don't currently track turnover rates for administrative personnel or teachers"? It’s amazing how the school board can cite the "money numbers" such certainty, but they are unable to give statistics on the most important thing....THE PEOPLE. Second, it may be effective from the author's perspective to site a slew of negative statistics about Russo in regards to employee turnover during his career, but where is the comparison? Sure, "26 of 36 principals in Hampton" may have "either retired or [been] replaced during his five-year tenure," but what about the superintendent before him? It is hard to judge a person's record based on narrow statistics with no context. Third, is it really relevant to bring up a former law suit with the Hampton School Board and expose that his wages are being garnished? It absolutely helps to paint a negative picture of the man, but it really stoops to a smear-article instead of just factual reporting. Is this some kind of warning to Henrico to be careful if they want to get rid of him?

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